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Visual Communication: Rachele Riley’s New Mappings of History, Space, and Place

by Ali Mcghee

Artist, graphic designer, and academic Rachele Riley’s path through the development of her craft has meandered through locations as varied as Germany and VCU (where she went to school for design), Washington, D.C., the Piedmont of Western North Carolina, and the blasted zones of Nevada Test Site. The designer of Holler’s distinctive, award-winning logo (more on that in a moment) currently teaches at UNC Greensboro in the New Media and Design Program, where she spends time creating–and teaching others to create–distinctive, carefully designed visualizations of personal and brand identity. She also dives deeper into questions of being and becoming in her own art-making and her research, which concentrates on data visualization and its relationships to landmarks and violence.

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Visual Communication: Rachele Riley’s New Mappings of History, Space, and Place
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Interview with Alternate Roots

by Anna Helgeson

The morning after Trump was elected I woke in a cold sweat, with puffy eyes and a life-changing decision: I will quit all creative pursuits and become a lawyer. The United States is fucked and more than art we need litigation. As the day wore on, I slowly remembered all the reasons I would not become a lawyer–no money for law school, a disdain for logic and legalese, my disinterest in looking professional, etc. As that idea quickly faded, it was replaced with just a question: Does art really matter?

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Interview with Alternate Roots
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Interview with The Cabbage School

by Anna Helgeson

“Don’t be scared, just put it in first gear and gun it!” Lydia See (one of The Cabbage School founders) instructs me as I arrive at the intimidatingly steep driveway of the Cabbage School, located about 30 minutes from Asheville, down a few windy roads in Little Sandy Mush, North Carolina.

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“Streaked with Light”: Harpist Mary Lattimore Returns to Asheville on May 25th

by Ali McGhee

Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore is no stranger to Asheville. The artist, who comes to the Mothlight on May 25th with openers Simple Machines, grew up here, and she has played local venues regularly over the years, most recently with artists like Parquet Courts and Julianna Barwick. Though she currently lives in Los Angeles, her ties to the area remain strong through family and friends.

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Interview with Meta Commerse

by Anna Helgeson

The magic is in the way the majority of people here are searching for themselves and they are searching in a way that is honest. They will tell you that they came here to heal or to start over or to do things differently. They came in response to the magnet just like I did. Wanting a community of like-minded souls, I have never lived anywhere with the sense of community that I find here, people sincerely wanting to do their work and to be transformed.

Different Strokes!

by Anna Helgeson

There is a legacy of pain in Asheville that has to do with gentrification. It has been passed down from generation to generation. I think the people who move away are generally young and want to get a different perspective, and start a life they design for themselves. 

— Stephanie Hickling Beckman Co-founder and Managing Artistic Director of Different Strokes!

Healing Arts: Hood Huggers

by Ali McGhee

“We’ve got to work to heal our communities and our environment.  We are thinking about this as a whole reconstruction.  We all have to redo and rethink how we treat and act within the environment.  Social enterprise to me is about staying environmentally and socially conscious in an inclusive and just way.”

— DeWayne Barton